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42 free events take place on Wednesday, November 8 in New York City. Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides! Exciting, high quality, unique and off the beaten path free events and free things to do take place in New York today, tonight, tomorrow and each day of the year, any time of the day: whether it's a weekday or a weekend, day or night, morning or evening or afternoon, December or July, April or November! These events will take your breath away!

New York City (NYC) never ceases to amaze you with quantity and quality of its free culture and free entertainment. Check out November 8 and see for yourself. Summer or Winter, Spring or Fall! Just click on any day of the calendar above and you'll find most inspiring and entertaining free events to go to and free things to do on each day of November . Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides!

Some events take place all year long: same day of the week, same time there are there for you to take advantage of. One of the oldest free weekly events in Manhattan is Dixieland Jazz with the Gotham Jazzmen, which happen at noon every Tuesday. Another example of an event that you can attend all year round on weekdays is Federal Reserve Bank Tour, which takes place every week day at 1 pm (but advanced reservations are required). You can take at least 13 free tours every day of the year, except the New Year Day, July 4th, and the Christmas Day. If you are classical music afficionado, you can spend whole day in New York going from one free classical concert to another. If you love theater, then New York gives you an option to attend plays and musicals free of charge, or at deep discount. You just need to have information about it. And we are here to make that information available to you.
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42 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Wednesday, November 8, 2023

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free events nyc The Genocidal Alliance: Western Intellectuals and Hamas (online)
free events nyc Vocal and Orchestral Works by J.S. Bach (In Person AND Online)
free events nyc This Moment in Israel: Reflections and Considerations (online)
free events nyc Adventures in Italian Opera with Met Tenor Stephen Costello (in-person and online)
free events nyc Songs and Suppression: A Musical Journey Out of Exile
free events nyc Deliver Me from Nowhere: The Making of Bruce Springsteen's "Nebraska"
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Tour | 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many


These free tours take place at various times during the day, all day long. You can make reservations for as many tours as your schedule allows. SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights + DUMBO 3 Hour Lower Manhattan Harlem Chelsea and the High Line 6 Hour Downtown Combined Greenwich Village Central Park Lower Manhattan Midtown Manhattan Grand Central Terminal Graffiti and Street Art Tours World Trade Center
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10:00 am
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Symposium | Are There Limits to AI? (online)


Each new AI invention provokes strong reactions divided between admiration and fear. At the beginning of 2023, the performance of ChatGPT caused a wave of excitement and panic on the planet. The possibility of instantly producing almost perfect texts, images, or voices imposes reshaping criteria of judgment. More generally, generative AI opens up prospects for infinite progress in the inventiveness and interactivity of new applications. Beyond the increasingly powerful technologies, AI is also called upon to play a critical role in fundamental scientific research, whether in math, physics, or economics. This acceleration leads to the question: are there limits to AI? It arises at many levels, from the perspective of technicality but also the standpoint of morality, law, politics, and philosophy... The barriers of humanism seem to be falling little by little, causing a narcissistic wound in the human being, losing his exceptionality and authority. If AI can take over thought, artistic and literary creation, scientific research, and professional or intimate relationships, we must rethink all our intellectual categories. This symposium aims to bring together thinkers, researchers, engineers, and creators from both the sciences and the humanities to consider the future of AI and its im/possible limits.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Park Walk | Park Tour: From Freight to Flowers


Hear the story behind New York City's park in the sky: an insider's perspective on the park's history, design, and landscape.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Lecture | The Genocidal Alliance: Western Intellectuals and Hamas (online)


Speaker: Dr. Charles Asher Small, Founder and Executive Director, Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism & Policy
   New York City, NY; NYC
11:00 am
Free

Discussion | The Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict: What’s Next for Armenia and Azerbaijan? (online)


In September 2023, the decades-long conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan reached another critical juncture when Azerbaijan launched an offensive to reclaim the Nagorno-Karabakh region, prompting an exodus of Armenian residents from the area. This panel of experts will discuss these events and their implications for the relationship between Armenia and Azerbaijan, as well as their humanitarian toll. What goals do Azerbaijan and Armenia pursue in the aftermath of the offensive? How does the incorporation of Nagorno-Karabakh into Azerbaijan change the long-term strategies for both nations and their future relationship? They will also examine the prospects for peacebuilding and the roles that the West, Russia, and other regional forces can play in this process. Speakers: -- Thomas de Waal, Senior Fellow with Carnegie Europe -- Anna Ohanyan, Richard B. Finnegan Distinguished Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Stonehill College; Nonresident Senior Scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace/Russia and Eurasia Program -- Audrey L. Altstadt, Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts Amherst -- Mohammad Ayatollahi Tabaar, Associate Professor in the Department of International Affairs at the Bush School Moderated by: -- Alexander Cooley, Claire Tow Professor of Political Science, Barnard College\ -- Joshua Tucker, Director of the Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia at New York University
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Classical Music | Bach at Noon (In Person and Online)


Take a momentary respite from a busy day to enjoy a selection of organ works by Johann Sebastian Bach in an intimate venue.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:20 pm
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Workshop | Adult Chorus


Directed by Church Street School of Music, the chorus is open to all who love to sing. Learn contemporary and classic songs and perform at community events throughout the year.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Classical Music | Vocal and Orchestral Works by J.S. Bach (In Person AND Online)


The Choir of Trinity Wall Street; Trinity Baroque Orchestra; Christine Brandes, conductor. Program J.S. Bach (1685-1750), BWV 47, BWV 230, and BWV 23
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
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Poetry Reading | A Humanitarian Aid Kit of War Songs: A Reading with Ukrainian Poet Iya Kiva (in-person and online)


Iya Kiva is a poet, translator, and journalist. She was born in Donetsk and fled the war in 2014 to settle in Kyiv. Shortly after arriving, she began shifting from writing in her native Russian to writing in her second language, Ukrainian. She is the author of two volumes of poetry and the recipient of numerous awards for her poetry and translation.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Book Discussion | Democracy on the Ground: Local Politics in Latin America’s Left Turn


Is democracy possible only when it is safe for elites? Latin American history seems to suggest so. Right-wing forces have repeatedly deposed elected governments that challenged the rich and accepted democracy only after the defanging of the Left and widespread market reform. Latin America’s recent “left turn” raised the question anew: how would the Right react if democracy threatened elite interests? With author Gabriel Hetland.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:30 pm
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Opening Reception | Kenneth Blom: Recent Paintings


A solo exhibition of the Danish Norwegian painter Kennth Blom. Featuring twelve new paintings. Blom’s paintings are distinguished by a unique fusion of architectural and figurative elements. His artistic gestures display a sense of restraint, while his spaces often exude a minimalistic quality. Although his figures may appear to blend with their surroundings, there is an underlying sense of desolation and unfulfillment within the broader context of the world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Opening Reception | The Echo of Picasso: Group Exhibition


In honor of the 50th anniversary of Pablo Picasso’s death (April 8, 1973), this a wide-ranging group exhibition that offers two perspectives: one that revisits a time in history wherein Picasso's contemporaries sought to challenge his work, and a second in which living artists today echo the Spanish artist’s oeuvre. Rare works by Pablo Picasso, including one of only six Glass of Absinthe sculptures from 1914 (on loan from Fundación Almine y Bernard Ruiz-Picasso), will be on view, alongside those by Willem de Kooning, Francis Bacon (on loan from the Museum of Modern Art New York), Louise Bourgeois, George Condo, Jeff Koons, Farah Atassi, and Genesis Tramaine, among others.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Discussion | This Moment in Israel: Reflections and Considerations (online)


Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer in a conversation with Rabbi David Ingber as they discuss finding the right balance between solidarity and criticism amid a dangerous and polarizing war and how to keep a solid long-term relationship between North American Jews and Israel. There will be time for questions at the end of the session.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:00 pm
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Opening Reception | Becoming 2023: Group Show


An annual exhibition of visual conversations featuring the work of eight BFA Photography and Video students from the class of 2025 prompted by the work of eight distinguished program alumni.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Discussion | Innovation in Neurotechnology, Innovation in Governance?


As rapid innovations in neurotechnology give rise to ethical, legal, and social concerns, this event investigates how countries, institutions, and organizations are navigating the governance of neurotechnologies. Faced with uncertainties such as potential misuse of neurotechnologies beyond health and the exploitation of neuronal data for commercial and security purposes, current governance strategies predominantly rely on ‘soft law’ - ethical guidelines and principles - to steer innovation toward socially desirable ends. However, the growing introduction of neurotechnologies into society has also raised concerns about the efficacy of ‘soft law’ approaches to governance and their related regulatory impacts. This has led to discussions at national and international levels on how to develop governance approaches for neurotechnologies that place a central focus on fundamental rights. This seminar delves into the landscape of experiments in neurotechnology governance, scrutinizes their merits and pitfalls, and takes a look into future trends for tackling risks in neuro-innovation. Leading experts from public policy, the corporate sector, neuroethics, and the emerging field of neurorights will share insights on the effectiveness of various governance approaches, spanning from ethical guidelines to the formulation of new human rights.  Event Speakers Riki Banerjee, Vice President of Research and Development at Synchron Nina Frahm, Postdoctoral Scholar in Information Studies and Digital Design at Aarhus University Khara Ramos, Vice President of Neuroscience and Society at the Dana Foundation Rafael Yuste, Professor of Biological Sciences and Neuroscience Moderated by Madi Whitman, Assistant Director of Curriculum Development at the Center for Science and Society
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Discussion | Our Future Energy Economy: Shell’s Scenario Analyses (in-person and online)


The world is engaged in a race to decarbonize global energy systems, watching from one year to the next, as mean global temperatures rise, severe weather events proliferate, precipitation patterns change, and other manifestations of a changing climate impact all of humanity, and especially the world’s poor. As the last two years have highlighted, however, the world needs a decarbonized energy future and, simultaneously, steady and improving energy security. How can global decision-makers, companies, civil society leaders, and other stakeholders think about the array of choices that lie ahead as we try to pursue these intertwined outcomes? Moderator: Jonathan Elkind, Senior Research Scholar, Center on Global Energy Policy Speakers: -- László Varró, Vice President, Global Business Environment, Shell plc -- Kaushik Deb, Senior Research Scholar, Center on Global Energy Policy -- Amy Myers Jaffe, Co-Chair, Women in Energy Program, Center on Global Energy Policy -- Andrew Kamau, Managing Director, International Programs, Energy Opportunity Lab, Center on Global Energy Policy
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5:30 pm
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Discussion | The New Generation of Lesbian Bars: A Stonewall Legacy


For the past three decades, the number of lesbian bars in the United States has seen a steady decline—from an estimated 200 at their peak in the 1980s to a low point in 2020 of less than 20 across the country, according to an NBC News. Since then, according to a more recent NBC News review from August 2023, a dozen new bars have opened, bringing the total number of venues geared toward queer women to 35—signaling “a measured revitalization” and bringing legitimate hope for an ongoing resurgence. Per that same review, bar owners and patrons are attributing the uptick to the rising need for queer and transgender-inclusive spaces amidst a flurry of anti-LGBTQ legislative attacks as well as an evolution towards messaging that is more inclusive of the full spectrum of the LGBTQ community within sapphic spaces. Also credited with generating this momentum is the fundraising campaign and documentary film Lesbian Bar Project, which features bars that are also included in the seven-minute NBC Out documentary with which the program will begin. This event—a screening followed by panel discussion—will bring together leading advocates, bar owners, and community members to discuss efforts to counter the downward trend as well as the significance and evolution, from Stonewall to today, of the lesbian bar as a vital LGBTQ community space.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Film | For My Country (2022): French Military Drama


Aissa, a young officer of Algerian origin, tragically loses his life during a fresher initiation ritual at the prestigious French military academy of Saint-Cyr. As the death tears through his family, controversy arises over Aissa’s funeral plans when the Army refuses to take responsibility. Ismael, his older, rebellious brother, tries to keep the family united as they fight to win justice for Aissa. Director: Rachid Hami 113 min. Followed by discussion with the director In French with English subtitles
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6:00 pm
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Poetry Reading | Life in the Past Lane by Peter Carlaftes and Awe and Other Words Like Wow by Kat Georges


A dual book launch with Peter Carlaftes and Kat Georges, celebrating the release of their new poetry collections Life in the Past Lane and Awe and Other Words Like Wow. With special guests Andrei Codrescu, Uche Nduka, Puma Perl, Karen Hildebrand, Jane LeCroy, Sophie Malleret.
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6:00 pm
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Opening Reception | Louise Bonnet: 30 Ghosts


An exhibition of ten new paintings by Louise Bonnet. “Behind every man now alive stand thirty ghosts, for that is the ratio by which the dead outnumber the living.” Bonnet cites the opening lines of Arthur C. Clarke’s sci-fi classic 2001: A Space Odyssey as an inspiration for her new exhibition’s title and theme. In 30 Ghosts she is concerned with the lives that precede and follow our own—each the center of its own personal universe, like connected chain links—and with ideas of continuity and the future. The works on view in New York also confront the specter of death through structural and emblematic references to seventeenth-century Dutch still-life painting, contrasting the vanitas symbols of flowers, fruit, and rich drapery with the artist’s more familiar bound and bloated human bodies. Some of these new compositions also incorporate renderings of short lengths of wood into their images of distorted nudes. The interpolation of these blunt objects into Bonnet’s unique mise-en-scènes alludes to movie and television actors’ use of “marks” to record their positions between takes for the sake of continuity, and to photographic models’ use of supports when spending extended periods in single poses.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Book Club | The Spectacular by Fiona Davis


A thrilling story about love, sacrifice, and the pursuit of dreams, set amidst the glamour and glitz of Radio City Music Hall in its mid-century heyday.
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6:00 pm
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Discussion | Decolonization and the "Break-Up of Britain"


Ben Jackson (University of Oxford), author of The Case for Scottish Independence: A History of Scottish Nationalist Political Thought, and Stuart Ward (University of Copenhagen), author of Untied Kingdom: A Global History of the Break-Up of Britain, in conversation with Susan Pedersen and James Stafford.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Discussion | Horst Eisfelder: Diasporic Life in Shanghai’s State of Exception


After fleeing Berlin a few weeks before Kristallnacht and arriving in Shanghai with his family in late November 1938, Horst Eisfelder (1925-2023) became one of the most prolific photographers of the ‘Shanghai Ghetto’ before emigrating to Australia in May 1947. Embedded within the history and theory of photography, this presentation considers his images of the city of Shanghai as well as the Designated Area for Stateless Refugees as vital representations through which to understand the constitution of diasporic life for the diverse Jewish communities who survived the war in this polyglot port of last resort. Presentations by Dr Noit Banai, Hong Kong, and Dr Anna Hirsh, Melbourne, followed by Q&A with Rodney Eisfelder, son of Horst Eisfelder.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talk | New York Sports: Great Icons (online)


Your personal guide to the greatest people in New York sports history. This course shines the light on the best on the field, in the C-suite, in front of the camera, and behind the microphone — Mantle, Frazier, Gooden, Ashe, Billie Jean King, and many more. With Len DeLuca, a leader in sports entertainment for IMG, ESPN, and CBS Sports since 1980. First of two sessions.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussion | Novelists in Conversation


A reading with author Sonora Jha as she sits down with Honor Moore to discuss her new work.  Sonora Jha is the author of the novels The Laughter (2023) and Foreign (2013) and the memoir How To Raise A Feminist Son (2021). The Laughter has earned rave reviews from The New York Times, The New Yorker, India Today, and The Seattle Times and received starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews, Booklist, Bookpage and others.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lecture | Development and Gender Policies in Brazil and Latin (in-person and online)


Speaker: Paula Tavares, Senior Legal & Gender Specialist, World Bank
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6:10 pm
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Film | Hey! Teachers! (2020): Trying to Change a School System


Two young intellectuals, Katya and Vassya, come to a small industrial town to work as teachers. They want to change the system of scholastic education and the social situation in difficult regions. The school is a closed conservative world, where obedience and discipline are of the highest value. Young teachers discover that nationalism, sexism and homophobia are typical for their new environment. Children see the school as a prison and are completely indifferent to any new ideas. During one school year, the protagonists bring new practices into the system. Young teachers try to speak with children about feminism, human rights and Russian politics, but the system pushes them out, and a comedy turns into a drama. Director: Yulia Vishnevets 90 min. Followed by a discussion with the director
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Poetry Reading | Irena Klepfisz: Her Birth and Later Years: New and Collected Poems, 1971-2021


A conversation with lesbian poet, essayist, political activist, and Yiddishist Irena Klepfisz and Agnieszka Legutko, Director of the Yiddish Language Program, about Klepfisz’s latest book. Irena Klepfisz was born in the Warsaw Ghetto in 1941. She survived the war hiding in an orphanage and later in the Polish countryside with her mother. After the war they lived in Lódz and Sweden before settling in New York in 1949. Klepfisz’s poetry broke new ground in its brazen lesbian voice, while also finding new ways to poetically investigate the trauma of the Holocaust. Klepfisz played a key role in the emergent Jewish lesbian movement starting in the 1970s. She has been dedicated to the recovery and transmission of women’s writing in Yiddish, as an active scholar, translator, and teacher. Her own poetry engages the Yiddish language, writing bilingually to create a Jewish feminist poetics for the past and present.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Discussion | Adventures in Italian Opera with Met Tenor Stephen Costello (in-person and online)


The second Adventure in Italian Opera with Fred Plotkin of this season features tenor Stephen Costello, who is starring as Rodolfo in performances of Puccini's La Boheme at The Metropolitan Opera.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
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Screening | Harlem African Animation Festival


Featuring film screenings and engaging discussions. The festival celebrates African animators, connecting film and media professionals to explore storytelling and industry-related topics. Our goal is to provide a gateway to contemporary Africa, foster a sense of belonging for African immigrants, and promote dialogue and mutual understanding between Africa and the Black diasporas. Established in 2021, this festival is the first of its kind in the United States, exclusively dedicated to African animated films and series. Animation has a rich history in Africa, mirroring the growth of the African screen media production industry, just like live-action cinema.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Talk | Photographer Talk: Connecting Identity, Violence, Surveillance and Censorship


Milagros de la Torre gives an artist talk about her work. De la Torre is a New York-based artist whose work explore the connections between image-language and the notions of racial identity, violence, surveillance, and censorship. She received a B.A. (Hons) in Photographic Arts from the University of the Arts London. Her first solo exhibition Under the Black Sun, 1993, curated by Robert Delpire, was presented at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Book Discussion | A Shining: A New Translation of Nobel Prize Winner Jon Fosse


A conversation and celebration of the newest translated work from 2023 Nobel Prize for Literature winner Jon Fosse. With translator Damion Searls. In Fosse's first novel since his critically acclaimed Septology, a man starts driving without knowing where he is going. He alternates between turning right and left, and ultimately finds himself stuck at the end of a forest road. It soon grows dark and begins to snow. But instead of searching for help, he ventures, foolishly, into the dark forest. Inevitably the man gets lost, and as he grows cold and tired, he encounters a glowing being amid the obscurity. Strange, haunting and dreamlike, A Shining is the latest work by Fosse.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Book Discussion | Ana Turns: A Woman Hits 60 (online)


Lisa Gornick discusses her latest novel. Ana Turns unspools over the twenty-four hours of a woman’s sixtieth birthday, as she grapples with issues from addiction to marital fidelity to family betrayals; the novel contemplates the acute heartaches that come from decades of womanhood, bringing a fresh perspective to the literary stage.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussion | Moon and the Mars: A Novel of New York During the Civil War


Kia Corthron presents a vivid account of life in New York City for the Black and Irish communities and the events that precipitated, and decided, the Civil War.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussion | Where Have All the Democrats Gone? The Soul of the Party in the Age of Extremes (online)


Leading political analysts and authors John B. Judis and Ruy Teixeira as they discuss the fragile, perilous state of the Democratic party and their new book.. Examining where the Democrats have gone awry, leaving so many voters feeling abandoned or alienated, Judis and Teixeira discuss what needs to be done right now to avert a looming political disaster. How does the party win back the working class that had long been at its core? How do we rebuild a strong - and enduring - pro-democracy majority? What can we learn from the recent past to ensure a brighter future? Hear insights from two of our most incisive political thinkers in this vital online talk.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussion | Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet, with Golden Globe and Tony Award Winner Tony Shalhoub (In Person AND Online)


On the centenary of Kahlil Gibran's best-selling work of mystical prose-poetry, actors and writers perform readings and discuss the elusive legacy of his most famous book. Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet, a proto-New Age collection of arcane and oracular poetic essays has sold over 100 million copies in its 100-year lifespan and has made Gibran the third best-selling poet after William Shakespeare and Laozi. Gibran, a writer and artist who lived and worked primarily in the downtown Manhattan neighborhood then known as Little Syria, has derived a mixed reputation from his mysterious volume of musings on subjects like love, law, beauty, and faith. He has been beloved by various counter-cultural and spiritual movements over the decades, but among scholars he is viewed alternatively as a "crucial modern innovator" or "horrifically retrograde." An evening of readings, lecture, and conversation will look into The Prophet and Gibran's reputation, as well as the history of Arab and Arab-American writers in New York. About the Speakers Hiba Abid is an art historian, codicologist of Arabic manuscripts, and is currently the Curator for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at The New York Public Library. Hiba taught courses on Islamic manuscripts and material culture at New York University's Department of Art History and Institute of Fine Arts. She has also worked as an Associate Researcher at the National Library of France, and curated exhibitions at the Louvre Museum, the Musee des Augustins, and Le 32bis: Center for Contemporary Art in Tunis. She studied Art history and archeology at the Sorbonne and received her PhD in Islamic Art history, codicology and philology from the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes in Paris. Randa Jarrar is the author of the memoir Love Is An Ex-Country, the novel A Map of Home, and the collection of stories Him, Me, Muhammad Ali. She is a filmmaker and actor who has appeared in independent films and on the A24 TV shows Ramy and #1 Happy Family USA. She is a recipient of a Creative Capital Award and an American Book Award, as well as awards and fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, PEN, and others. She lives in Los Angeles. Tony Shalhoub is a Tony Award Winner for The Band's Visit; in years prior to this, Tony has been nominated on five other occasions. Tony is perhaps best known for his work as the obsessive-compulsive detective Adrian Monk in the hit television series Monk, for which he won a Golden Globe Award, three Primetime Emmy Awards as well as two Screen Actors Guild Awards for his work. More recently, Tony is often known for his role as Abe Weissman in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. For his performance, he has won a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series and two Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series. Other notable TV credits include Antonio Scarpacci in Wings, Stark Raving Mad, and Nurse Jackie.
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Concert | Songs and Suppression: A Musical Journey Out of Exile


Through an exploratory program of art songs by Jewish-German composers, Jewish-German pianist Constanze Beckmann and Singaporean Chinese-Canadian baritone Samuel Chan explore topics of xenophobia, racism, exile, and personal/artistic suppression through the contrasting musical styles of the late Romanticism of Walter Braunfels with the serialism, atonalism, and jazz influences of Hanns Eisler's Hollywood Songbook. The presentation will commence with a documentary film about Walter Braunfels and Hanns Eisler and will then proceed with the concert.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Book Discussion | Healing Justice Lineages: Dreaming at the Crossroads of Liberation, Collective Care & Safety


Editors Cara Page and Erica Woodland of the anthology Healing Justice Lineages: Dreaming at the Crossroads of Liberation, Collective Care & Safety discuss their book. This listening and cultural memory tour takes the form of a conversation with local community leaders and artists who are in the lineage of collective care, safety, and healing justice. Healing Justice Lineages is rooted in anti-capitalism, Black feminism, and abolition; it’s a profound and urgent call to embrace community and survivor-led care strategies as models that push beyond commodified self-care, the policing of the medical industrial complex, and the surveillance of the public health system. Centering disability, reproductive, environmental, transformative justice and liberatory harm reduction, this collection elevates and archives an ongoing tradition of liberation and survival—one that has been largely left out of our history books, but continues to this day.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Jazz | Jazz Trio


Dice Trio: Adeline DeBella, flute; Sam Friedman, trumpet; Grace Pressley, saxophone.
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7:30 pm
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Book Discussion | Deliver Me from Nowhere: The Making of Bruce Springsteen's "Nebraska"


Warren Zanes brings an intimate, personal view of Nebraska, the album Springsteen recorded himself in a bedroom. Nebraska is arguably Springsteen's most important record and the lasting clue to understanding not just his career as an artist but the man himself. After 40 years, Zanes and Springsteen returned to that bedroom. Zanes, who teaches cultural studies at NYU, is the bestselling author of Petty: The Biography.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
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Book Discussion | The Picnic: A Dream of Freedom and the Collapse of the Iron Curtain


In August 1989, a group of Hungarian activists organized a picnic on the border of Hungary and Austria. But this was not an ordinary picnic—it was located on the dangerous militarized frontier known as the Iron Curtain. Tacit permission from the highest state authorities could be revoked at any moment. On wisps of rumor, thousands of East German “vacationers” packed Hungarian campgrounds, awaiting an opportunity, fearing prison, surveilled by lurking Stasi agents. The Pan-European Picnic set the stage for the greatest border breach in Cold War history: hundreds crossed from the Communist East to the longed-for freedom of the West. Drawing on dozens of original interviews—including Hungarian activists and border guards, East German refugees, Stasi secret police, and the last Communist prime minister of Hungary—Matthew Longo tells a gripping and revelatory tale of the unraveling of the Iron Curtain and the birth of a new world order. Just a few months after the Picnic, the Berlin Wall fell, and the freedom for which the activists and refugees had abandoned their homes, risked imprisonment, sacrificed jobs, family, and friends, was suddenly available to everyone. But were they really free? And why, three decades since the Iron Curtain was torn down, have so many sought once again to build walls?
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Lecture | Holy Land: The Bible's Vision of Zion (online)


Speaker Rabbi Rick Schindelheim has taught Jewish History, Tanakh, and Talmud at the Fuchs Mizrachi School in Cleveland since 2013. He currently serves as the chair of the Talmud Department and is the Upper School Judaic Studies Coordinator. His informal educational experience includes over a decade of work at Camp Stone in a variety of capacities. After studying in Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavneh in Israel for three years, Rick earned his B.A. in psychology from Yeshiva College and studied at Yeshiva University's Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (REITS). He is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist and earned his Masters and Education Specialist degrees at John Carroll University in Cleveland.
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